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Celebrations in Jerusalem
Thousands of pilgrims from around the world took part in a procession through Jerusalem waving palms in honor of Palm Sunday. The events began the start of the Holy Week which concludes with Easter. The path is believed to be the one taken by Jesus when he triumphantly entered Jerusalem and was greeted by cheering crowds who lay palm leaves on the ground for Jesus to ride on over 2,000 years ago.
Other crowds of faithful worshipers gathered in Jerusalem’s Church of the Holy Sepulchre, again waving palms to symbolize how the crowds honored Jesus. The event attracted people from all over the world.
“We came here for the Holy Week to see and participate in the celebration of the Holy Week here in Jerusalem. We’re from Las Vegas, Nevada.”
Later on Sunday, pilgrims retraced Jesus’ route with a traditional procession into Jerusalem’s Old City from the Mount of Olives, while carrying palm fawns to symbolize the observance.
Orthodox Christians, who use a different calendar, will celebrate Palm Sunday a week later.
Some 300 youths, who met at the Vatican this week, prepared a document for the bishops at the Vatican focusing on helping youths better find their way in the church. The document, which was presented to Pope Francis on Sunday, asked church leaders to address the unequal roles of women in the church and how technology is abused.
Before his traditional Sunday prayer at the end of Mass, the Pope recalled the importance of World Youth Day, marked this year on Palm Sunday. Pope Francis urged young people not to be silent and let their voices be heard even in the face of corrupt or silent elders. The Pope concluded the celebrations by greeting the faithful in St. Peter’s Square, getting out of the Popemobile to shake hands, as many cheered and took pictures.
The Pope’s message comes on the heels of a meeting of young Catholics who told the Vatican that they want a more transparent and authentic church. This is only a day after hundreds of thousands marched in youth-led rallies around the world to demand rights and greater gun control.